Leffler and the ...
Leffler and the #32 Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation Chevy Finish Seventh
Phoenix, AZ (November 12, 2005) -- Jason Leffler started the Arizona 200 at Phoenix International Raceway from the 18th position. From the drop of the green flag, Leffler fought a tight handling condition in turns three and four in the Ft. McDowell Chevrolet, dropping him to the 20th position by the first caution flag on lap 16.
"We struggled with the handling early on," said Leffler, who posted his sixth top 10 finish with Braun Racing in eight races. "It was difficult to pass when you were in traffic, especially when the car was so tight."
When the caution flag flew again on lap 40, Leffler brought the #32 Chevy down pit road for a new set of tires and a track bar adjustment. Back out on the track, the handling of the Ft. McDowell Chevy was still not up to par but Leffler managed to hang on and move up to the 14th position. During the second stop of the day, the Braun Racing crew adjusted the track bar again by going up three rounds and taking some air pressure out of the front tires hoping to drastically alter the tight handling conditions. In the next green flag run Leffler began a charge to the front moving into the 5th position by the time a caution came out on lap 110.
"The guys gave me great stops all day long," said Leffler. "We just stuck with it and came home with another top 10. I just wish we had 20 more laps because I think we would have had something for the leaders."
The final pit stop of the day took place with 24 laps remaining, with four sticker tires to help regain some forward bite; Leffler was back on track and maintaining his top 10 position. Leffler brought the #32 Ft. McDowell Chevy home in 7th position at the end of the day. The top-10 finish was Braun Racing's 11th of the season.
Jason Leffler and sponsors VoxBox/Infinity Mobile will be back on track this weekend to compete in the final Busch race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The event will be televised live Saturday, November 19th at 4:10 p.m. eastern time on NBC and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network (MRN).